Joel Odota Makerere U, Uganda
Lamwo Youth Forum for Change (LYFC) is a group of fresh graduates, continuing students and young professionals with the aim of bringing about sustainable development. We use young people to change the face of development of our own communities through volunteerism, mentorship, training, leadership, networking and team working. We would like to be the best organization in the world that uses young people to bring about a sustainable development.
Lamwo Youth Forum for Change (LYFC) is a youth group in Lamwo district, Northern Uganda since 2010 that puts young people at the forefront of bringing about sustainable development of the community, with special focus on hunger alleviation, eradication of extreme poverty, fighting corruption, embracing gender equality and many more. The sole objective of the group is to use all avenues to promote sustainable development. Among the activities we do include; agricultural skills training, inclusive farming, marketing dynamics, use of social media, among others. We carry out our activities both online and offline. We are graduates and current students willing to help the nation achieve sustainable development, particularly eradicating extreme hunger. We are participating in this challenge because we would like to meet more experienced individuals in the field of food security, nutrition, resource mobilization, among others which are relevant for our progress and achievement of the objectives of the group. Secondly, we hope to share our innovative ideas and experiences with other people and groups from other parts of the world who are willing to replicate. Thirdly, we hope to gain skills relevant to our progress. This challenge presents an amazing experience to every participant. We have questions to ask other participants. Lastly, achieving a sustainable development requires a collective and global effort. For this reason therefore, we would like to get immersed in a group of vibrant young people across the world, learn from each other and develop integrated approaches to food security, nutrition, or any creative and innovative ideas worth sharing. We are dedicated to helping every member of the community realize their maximum potential to develop the community. We value team working, networking, gender equality, respect for diversity, creativity and innovation very much. These are the pillars upon which our organization stands. We believe that through these values we are able to attain a sustainable world. Once given the chance in this challenge, we would like to carry every knowledge, skills or any other resources acquired to use back home. As usual, any new ideas learned are spread through training. We shall train as many young people as possible in order to retain the learned knowledge, skills and experiences.